Gift of Real Estate
Transforming Property to Opportunities
Donating land to The University of Alabama is one of the most thoughtful actions a person can take. Through the years, many friends of UA have given the University timberland, homes and acreage. When you make a gift of land to The University of Alabama you can rest assured that we have the experience and ability to manage that land with sound principles and professional acumen. Our staff manages more than 45,000 acres of land, including approximately 8,000 acres in environmental easements.
Our pledge to you is to be the best stewards possible of land that is entrusted to us. Properties that you might consider donating to The University of Alabama include: investment properties, unused properties, a family farm, timberland, home or property that has appreciated. Proceeds from any land donation you make to UA can be directed to your choice of programs on campus.
And a gift of real estate also helps you. When you give us appreciated property you have held longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction. This eliminates capital gains tax. And you no longer have to deal with that property's maintenance costs, property taxes or insurance.
Another benefit: You don't have to hassle with selling the real estate. You can deed the property directly to The University of Alabama or ask your attorney to add a few sentences in your will or trust agreement.
Ways to Give
You can give real estate to The University of Alabama in the following ways:
When you make a gift today of real estate you have owned longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction equal to the property's full fair market value. This deduction lets you reduce the cost of making the gift and frees cash that otherwise would have been used to pay taxes. By donating the property to us, you also eliminate capital gains tax on its appreciation.
A gift of real estate through your will or living trust allows you the flexibility to change your mind and the potential to support our work with a larger gift than you could during your lifetime. In as little as one sentence or two, you can ensure that your support for The University of Alabama continues after your lifetime.
Perhaps you like the tax advantages a gift of real estate to our organization would offer, but you want to continue living in your personal residence for your lifetime. You can transfer your personal residence or farm to The University of Alabama but keep the right to occupy (or rent out) the home for the rest of your life. You continue to pay real estate taxes, maintenance fees and insurance on the property. Even though The University of Alabama would not actually take possession of the residence until after your lifetime, since your gift cannot be revoked, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction for a portion of your home's value.
Are you tired of the hassles of maintaining your property such as paying taxes, utilities and repair bills? Consider donating the property to The University of Alabama in exchange for reliable payments for life for you (and someone else, if you choose). When you arrange a charitable gift annuity, you receive a federal income tax charitable deduction in the year you set up the gift annuity when you itemize on your taxes. If you use appreciated real estate to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy. A gift of unmortgaged property to fund a deferred gift annuity is preferable and generates the greatest tax benefit.
Want to sell us your property for less than the fair market value? A "bargain sale" may be the answer. When you make a bargain sale, you sell your property to The University of Alabama for less than what it's worth. The difference between the actual value and the sale price is considered a gift to us. A bargain sale can be an effective way to dispose of property that has increased in value, and it is the only gift vehicle that can give you a lump sum of cash and a charitable deduction (when you itemize) at the same time.
You can contribute any type of appreciated real estate you've owned for more than one year, provided it's unmortgaged, in exchange for an income stream for life or a term of up to 20 years. The donated property may be a residence (a personal residence must be vacant upon contribution), undeveloped land, a farm or commercial property. Real estate works well with only certain variations of charitable remainder trusts. Your estate planning attorney, who will draft your trust, can give you more details.
This gift can be a wonderful way for you to benefit The University of Alabama and simultaneously transfer appreciated real estate to your family tax-free. You should consider funding the charitable lead trust with real estate that is income-producing and expected to increase in value over the term of the trust.
A gift of real estate may be a perfect way to honor your loved one in perpetuity. When you make an endowed gift of real estate, your contribution is invested with and becomes part of our endowment. An annual distribution is made for the purpose you designate. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will generate support in perpetuity.
Make a Gift Today
Learn more about the many ways to use real estate to support The University of Alabama in the FREE guide 7 Ways to Donate Real Estate.
An Example of How It Works
John has owned several hundred acres of timberland for many years. He has watched it grow steadily in value throughout the years. Still active in his career and traveling frequently, he’s beginning to think about downsizing.
At this stage of his life, John has decided to move to a 55+ condominium development, where all exterior maintenance is provided, and he doesn't have to worry about security issues. John sees this as an opportunity to give his land to a charity that's important to him while realizing valuable tax benefits.
John avoids capital gains tax on the appreciation and qualifies for a federal income tax charitable deduction of $250,000, which is for the property's fair market value today. He is able to claim 30 percent of his $200,000 adjusted gross income, or $60,000, in the year of the gift. In the five years following, he can continue to use up the remaining $190,000 deduction.
John is happy in his new condo and loves knowing that the gift of his property will make a big difference supporting our mission.
- Click on Overview and Real Property Inquiry Form for more information.
- Contact W. Vance Bristow at 205-348-4770 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibility of giving real estate to The University of Alabama.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor to make sure this gift fits your goals.
- If you include The University of Alabama in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
Legal Name: The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama
Address: Box 870123, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Federal Tax ID Number: 63-6001138
Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.